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10 States with the Highest Auto Insurance Premiums

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April 16th, 2015

Ever wonder how your state stacks up when it comes to auto insurance premiums? Now you can find out. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recently released its 2011/2012 Auto Insurance Database Report, which includes calculations for the average auto premiums in all 50 states and the District Columbia. The national average auto insurance [...]

Uninsured Can Still Avoid Tax Penalties in 2015

April 16th, 2015

If you’re like many Americans, you may have been in for a big surprise when you filed your taxes. But don’t worry, if you were hit with the tax penalty, you still have time to buy health insurance for 2015. Now, the federal and some state exchanges are open until April 30 for taxpayers who [...]

HHS Rejects Special Enrollment Period for Pregnant Women

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April 15th, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services has shot down the Democrats’ petition to add pregnancy as a qualifying life event for a special enrollment period. Spearheaded by U.S. Senator Patty Murphy (D-Wash.), the campaign to offer pregnant women a special enrollment period was backed by 36 other Democrats. But HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, in [...]

Uninsured Rate Drops to 11.9%, Gallup Poll Finds

The Department of Health and Human Services announces $60 million will go toward supplying the exchanges with navigators to help people get approved for health coverage.
April 13th, 2015

The uninsured rate among adults fell to 11.9% for the first quarter of 2015, a new Gallup poll shows. That’s down one percentage point from last year and 5.2 points since the end of 2013, and is the lowest uninsured rate since Gallup and Healthways started tracking it in 2008. Decline Sharpest Among Lower Income [...]

California Proposes Immigrant Health Insurance Bill

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April 10th, 2015

The California state Senate has introduced a new bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to receive Medicaid and enroll in its health care exchange. If passed, the bill would not only extend coverage to more than 1 million people, but would make the state the first in the nation to offer these options to the [...]

Uber Fights Insurance Demands Despite Driver Ignorance

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April 9th, 2015

While Uber threatens to leave certain states due to complex insurance requirements, a new study show that the vast majority of company drivers are unaware of gaps in their policy. This week, Kansas made the list of states on Uber’s bad side thanks to a new bill that could increase its insurance requirements. If the [...]

Medicare Advantage Payments to Rise in 2016

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April 8th, 2015

Good news for insurers that offer Medicare Advantage: Federal regulators announced an increase in 2016 payments compared to this year, reversing the slight drop proposed in February. CMS expects the government’s Medicare Advantage payments to rise by about 1.25% next year. Insurers, however, will likely see an overall revenue increase of 3.25% as they deliver, [...]

Enrollment in Private Exchanges Doubled, Accenture Says

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April 7th, 2015

Accenture, a management consulting firm, estimates that 6 million people enrolled in private health insurance exchanges for their 2015 employer benefits. The new report revealed that online marketplaces for employer-sponsored benefits doubled their enrollment this year, up from 3 million in 2104. Midsize employers (companies with 100 to 2,500 employees) were most likely to adopt [...]

Liberty Mutual to Consolidate Regional Call Centers

Many insurers are bringing their call centers stateside to enhance customer service experience.
April 6th, 2015

Shifting to a new centralized model of customer contact, Liberty Mutual has announced plans to consolidate its local personal lines service into 6 large calls centers distributed throughout the continental U.S. 5 of these call centers already exist, including: Tampa, FL; Phoenix, AZ; New Castle, PA; Mishawaka, IN; and Springfield, MA. Operations will be greatly [...]

Insurance Agencies Report Increase in Medicare Advantage Plans

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April 2nd, 2015

Healthcare industry analyst Mark Farrah Associates reports that insurance agencies have experienced an 8.3% increase in customers enrolling in Medicare Advantage plans during the period between March 2014 and March 2015. Alongside increases in Medicare Supplement plans reported over the last year, the data suggests that Medicare plans remain a healthy, growing business, despite concerns [...]